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Even though the weather wasn’t great, the track is easy to follow and the intermittent views were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Spectacular scenery. Worth the effort!

We only made it as far as the lower lake as it was very windy and cold. It’s still a spectacular... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Tongariro National Park, Central North Island, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Even though the weather wasn’t great, the track is easy to follow and the intermittent views were stunning. I’d love to return and do it again on a clear day. Just fab!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only made it as far as the lower lake as it was very windy and cold. It’s still a spectacular walk! The alpine plants and old lava fields are very interesting. We took 6 hours but that included lots of photo stops and 40...More

1  Thank SuzW66
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing colourful lakes in a gorgeous setting as a reward for your hike. Best done with a tour guide.

Thank see-swim-hike
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

The scenery on a clear day is incredible! Starting and finishing in Whakapapa Village (free parking available), the track is a reasonably easy walk up to the Lower Tama Lake. The steepest part is the climb to reach the Upper Tama Lake, but the views...More

Thank chick-pea-222
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Most people return from the lower Tama lake and that's a pity since another 30 min of hiking gets you to the upper lake and it is absolutely stunning. The entire trip takes 5 - 6 hours from Whakapapa and return. Please do it only...More

Thank Satyabrata
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

It's a nice and easy 5 hour round trip from tongariro visitor center. Well kept roads. You will be able to see various changes in the view as you go along.

Thank Ofer L
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Not too demanding and the view at the top lake is a nice lunch spot - especially if you’ve bagsied the stone wind-break someone has built, which is perfect for two! On the way back we couldn’t believe the crowds at the bottom of the...More

Thank 4DeltaMike
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Starting the hike at the Whakapapa village at 6.30 in order to be back prior the storms should come. 2 hours to get to the split to Lower Tama lake. Another hour to the end of the ridge heading to Mt Ngauruhoe. I was gonna...More

1  Thank tom733
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

As others have mentioned, this hike is a great alternative to the Alpine crossing route. You get a lot of the same views but can leave and return to the same location. - The trail up to the lower Tama lakes has modest elevation changes...More

1  Thank barstoolpoet
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We went in September for my birthday. Not the best time to go for the crossing but this walk was beautiful it was quite a flat pathed walk until the end getting up to the upper lakes however we took 6ish hours to go from...More

1  Thank Sarah K
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